The Russia in Classic Film Blogathon has a sponsor! Yes, really! Flicker Alley has signed on to help make the event bigger, better and more exciting.
Flicker Alley is one of the best purveyors of silent/early/independent cinema on the block. I have been a loyal fan of the company since their very first releases and I am not alone. I am very excited to be working with them.
The timing of the Russia in Classic Film Blogathon happily coincided with Flicker Alley’s upcoming release, in collaboration with the Blackhawk Films® collection, of the Russo-French serial, The House of Mystery. Never heard of it? I got a sneak peek–I will be reviewing it for the blogathon– and I won’t reveal all but I will say that I was thoroughly blown away. (You can read about the film, see stills and get more information here.) If you are a fan of Louis Feuillade, you will be on cloud nine. If you are a fan of a really good mini-series, you will be in seventh heaven. If you just like movies, you will be enchanted.
(What do I mean by Russo-French? Well, when the Bolsheviks took over, a good portion of the top Russian film talent hightailed it for Paris where they set up shop and made wildly entertaining movies. They mixed crowd-pleasing comedy and spectacle with cutting-edge film technique and the result was cinematic brilliance. The legendary Ivan Mosjoukine was their biggest star and he is the leading man of The House of Mystery.)
In addition, Flicker Alley ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance a new line of manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVDs from the Blackhawk Films® collection. Several of the titles slated for release are Soviet classics. Once again, the timing coincides with the blogathon.
What this means for participating bloggers
This is basically like a new co-host coming aboard, only better. Flicker Alley has a devoted following among cinephiles, enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to their high-quality releases and lending their name to the event adds to its prestige. Plus, they will be promoting the event on their various social media accounts. Just snag yourself a new and improved banner (found below), sit back and enjoy the extra publicity for the event and your post.
Further, Flicker Alley will be reading your posts and will be selecting their favorites for reprint on their website, either in whole or in part. This will be done with your permission only and you will retain the copyright to your work. They will link back to your blog so this is a great way for your site to get exposure. Here is an example of how these reprints will work.
The review titles eligible for reprint:
Bed and Sofa (Soviet feature)
Chess Fever (Soviet short)
Aelita, the Queen of Mars (Soviet feature)
Man with a Movie Camera (Soviet documentary/art/experimental film)
Miss Mend (Soviet serial, an utter blast)
The Late Mathias Pascal (Russo-French feature)
The Burning Crucible (Russo-French feature)
Kean (Russo-French feature)
Gribiche (Russo-French feature)
The New Gentlemen (Russo-French feature)
Old and New (Soviet feature, Eisenstein directs)
Stride, Soviet! (Soviet documentary)
Turksib (Soviet documentary)
Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Soviet montage documentary)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Soviet comedy, Boris Barnet AND Vladimir Fogel!)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Soviet comedy)
By the Law (Soviet feature)
Salt for Svanetia (Soviet documentary)
If you wish to cover one of these or change your film of choice, please let me know. Obviously, the “no duplicates” rule is lifted for these titles. Enjoy!
(Update: If you have already signed on for the event, you can cover one of these titles either in place of your original choice or in addition to it. In short, you are free to write about as many movies as you think you can handle.
I would also like to clarify that covering these films is not a guarantee of repost and Flicker Alley will be in control of what gets reposted and when it is published on their site. Any good blogger knows that spacing out posts is a must and so there may be some delay between your post being chosen and when it shows up on the site.)
What this means for readers
In conjunction with the blogathon, Flicker Alley is going to be having a Russian-themed movie giveaway. The prizes are quite tempting:
Grand Prize: The House of Mystery 3-disc DVD Collection (full retail value, $44.95 USD)
First Runner-up Prize: A DVD copy of Aelita, the Queen of Mars (full retail value, $19.95 USD)
Second Runner-up Prize: A DVD copy of Bed And Sofa with Chess Fever (full retail value, $19.95 USD)
These prizes will ship after their release date (April at the earliest but possibly later). And since I know many of you online and some of you in real life, Flicker Alley will be handling all aspects of the contest and winner selection.
This drawing will be open to readers and participants alike but entry will be limited to residents of the United States and Canada only. Entering is easy. Just follow this link, sign on to the newsletter and you’re in like Flynn! The contest closes on the last day of the blogathon, March 10. If you are the winner, Flicker Alley will contact you via email within 30 days. Break a leg, kids!
Here are the complete rules:
Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Void where prohibited. Contest ends March 10, 2015. Winner will be chosen at random by Flicker Alley, LLC. The winners will be notified by email within 30 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By submitting this form, you are granting: Flicker Alley, LLC, http://www.flickeralley.com, permission to email you. You can revoke permission to mail to your email address at any time using the SafeUnsubscribe SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email.
What this means to me
Now I have to make a confession. I have selfish motives in doing all this. Some of you may already know this but I like Russian actor Ivan Mosjoukine. And by like I mean love. And by love I mean completely adore. As stated above, The House of Mystery stars Mosjoukine and it is the second round of Mosjoukine-led releases from Flicker Alley.
I wish for this Mosjoukine renaissance to continue and I would like for him to enjoy the same name recognition and respect currently given to, say, Conrad Veidt or Lon Chaney. I want The House of Mystery‘s DVD release to be a smashing success and for it to usher in more Mosjoukine films on home media. You can see why this sponsorship is important to me.
So, please update your banners to reflect the event’s new status. If you want to be extra nice, you can give Flicker Alley a link back, just as you would for any event co-host.
Let me know if you have any questions!